The holiday season is officially here, and that means professional activities, like hiring, start to slow down. That fact leads a lot of job seekers to put their prospecting activities on hold until the tryptophan has worn off and the trees have come down. And that is just one reason why you should not let up on your job search during the holidays: Read more
As I’ve shared several times on this blog, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) – the systems responsible for scanning your resume among other things – are incredibly common. With companies increasingly inundated with resumes, that makes perfectly good sense. But it means you need to be armed with some tips to keep your resume out of the “black hole.” Read more
Q. There are three positions at a NGO that I am really interested in. The on-line application system allows me to upload a targeted version of my resume for each position. Is that a good idea or should I just use one resume for all three? Read more
I recently read an article that spoke to a candidate selection tactic that plays right into candidates’ fears. The writer promotes eliminating candidates who follow up.
I’m not kidding. I wish I were. Read more
Portfolios have been around for ages, but the ability for professionals across multiple industries to quickly direct interested parties toward actual examples of their work has never been easier. In the interest of encouraging more professionals to play around with the idea of online portfolios, I am highlighting four popular sites:
GitHub.com – The largest code host in the world and the de-facto place for software designers, programmers, etc. to share code and collaborate.
Behance.com – An online platform to showcase and discover creative work.
Coroflot.com – A portfolio site and creative job board. Coroflot connects designers with career opportunities, provides companies with access to leading talent and brings exposure to design work.
LinkedIn.com – LinkedIn provides the ability to showcase things like projects and presentations. So even if you don’t fall in a category of professionals that historically uses a portfolio, you can still display some of your work.
Those are just a few ideas for online portfolios. Regardless of whether you use a site like one of those listed above or create your own online portfolio (web designers, I’m talking to you), the point is the same – providing potential employers with access to your work can have a significantly positive impact on your job search success.
Learning that you are not being considered for a position or didn’t make the cut after several interviews is disappointing. So it goes without saying that sending off a thank you after you have been let down can be a challenge. That is why so few people do it and exactly why you should. Read more
I am a moderator on a popular career management and resume feedback forum. As such, I field a lot of questions from people who are struggling to navigate the often confusing and overwhelming job search process. It is understandable then that many people are outwardly frustrated and that their frustration translates into negativity. I get it. Read more